It would appear that I am the only member who is from 'The Holla' Some members have referred to it in passing but nothing concrete has ever built up (excuse the pun) in any of the Topics.
Here is a brief history of my part of Dun Laoghaire some of which I may have posted before but no matter, because hopefully it will attract some past members back to the Forum as I have noticed that some may have been from my area originally such as Marion from London.
When one considers that Dun Leary hardly merits a mention in 18th Century Ireland being referred to only as 'a small fishing village' it is no wonder that my Glasthule, 'mo Glas Tuathail' is not mentioned at all.
Monkstown and Bullock were the Kingpins of the area and all roads led to or between these two settlements. The Bay area generally was of military strategic importance to the British and Glasthule merited its own Martello Tower which was built on an old granite quarry where our present day Peoples Park is situated. The granite workings are still visable down at the Metals near the men's toilet. Battery No 12 was situated just below the site of the Tower where the Baths were eventually built.
The oldest map of the area I have dates back to 1816 and covers an area from (using present day names) the Marine Road on the West out to Castle Park Road in the East, and from the sea-front up as far as the base of the 'Noggin Hill in the south.
A road is shown running from left to right taking in part of Georges Street through Summerhill and Glasthule Road and on up to Bullock Castle. There is a cross roads at the Park with Glenageary Road intersecting Georges Street, continuing down Park Road to the Battery.
Running parallel to the main road is shown Corrig Road and Eden Road and which we as kids only knew as the 'back roads' and then stops and turns left down Adelaide Road to its forming of a 'T' junction with Glasthule Road as is the case with Castle Park Road. Other features of note are approximately eighteen dwellings of various sizes, the only one named being Eden Villa built in 1816. There is what appears to be a small dirt track leading to the Martello Tower at Sandycove and the Asylum Harbour, a 'C' shaped structure, is also shown which would predate the existing structure by a few years but Sandycove Harbour which was built in the late 1700's is not shown and as it has the distinction of having the first Life Boat Station on the Bay built in 1803 I thought it very strange.
Another interesting item which appears to be shown is O'Tooles Stream from which the area gets its name from the Irish Glas Tuathail, running parallel to Adelaide Road before entering the sea and probably indicated because it may have been the only source of drinking water in the area.
When reading up on this another of my childhood memories was dashed when I read that the face on Bullock Castle was not that of a poor nun that 'miraculously' apppeared on the wall after the Brits had murdered her but that of a soldier with a helmet which indicated to would be marauders that it was a manned fortification, something akin to present day burglar alarms I would imagine.
The boom years for Dun Laoghaire began with the building of the Harbour and it had a knock on effect for other districts in the area including Glasthule as a considerable amount of labourers cottages were built to cater for the influx of people into the area. The coming of the rail-road also helped and the area boomed as 'THE' place to live and indeed to set up business.
Some places did not prosper and I came across an article complaining of the rowdy, drunken behaviour of people living on Dalkey Common in tents who were engaged in the quarrying of granite from up there. Some places never change. HAHA.
Another map from 1842 is not as detailed but shows both the Martello Towers, the Battery at the Baths and another Battery below Joyce's Tower in Sandycove which I was not aware of. Strum recently posted a photo of The 40 Foot Men's Bathing Place which clearly shows the massive wall which would have surrounded this Battrey.
The next map of note is dated 1866 and shows the huge boom in housing in the area including the 'BIG' houses namely Granite Hall, Seabank, Bella Vista to name but a few. Seabank is the house I was looking for way back in October that led me to this Forum. But it also shows the demise of one already mentioned Eden Villa which was demolished to make way for the houses of Eden Park. The field opposite these houses was known as 'Mackers Field' in my day. (Rivetting information huh?)
Glasthule was also criss-crossed with lanes all or most of which had cottages built in them for labourers.
The 1911 Census lists 67 residential areas in the Kingstown 4 DED. Of those relating to 'my' Glasthule there are six that I can find no reference to and they are Adelaide Terrace, Castle Place, Cliff Terrace, Hastings Terrace, Leinster Villas and Mount Pleasent. this latter one may be just a single dwelling, and some or all of these may not necessarily have been in The 'Greater' Glasthule Area.
Talking about houses I have been unable to find any reference to the bigger houses in the area at the time of the Census such as Granite Hall and Clarinda Park House.
Grammer, Clarinda Park House is the place your Ancestor got the reference from that you posted earlier. It was previously known as Stoneview House and one of my da's uncles was born there in 1875, small World huh? (I am beginning to sound like Elvis, that's two huhs in quick succession)
Of those that are gone but I have found information on are:
Adelaide Cottages which were demolished and replaced by the houses of Dixon's Villas in 1933
Longs Cottages, two in number are still there and now called Buncraigy and Roseville.
Neill's Lane,Scott's Lane and William's Place made way for (I think) the car park at the bottom of Devitt's Villas.
Stargazer mentioned some time ago she remembered an air-raid shelter in dentist Tiddle's garden in Glen Terrace, well, the site of the car park also housed a number of these shelters during the war and were probably demolished immediatly at the end of hostilities whereas Mr Tiddle's shelter was still in existence in the early '60's as far as I can remember. The 'Artisan' dwellings of Eden Terrace, Findlater Street, Coldwell Street, were built around 1898
Glasthule Buildings, the 'Tivoli' as I knew it, was built in 1903, again to cater for the working classes.
Brooklawn House was demolished in 1920 to make room for Devitt's Villas and Snowhite posted a photo of her dad on his Confirmation Day outside one of these houses. Eden Villas was built in the early '30's on land previously belonging to Eden Villa. There is a statue there built in the garden of No 14 which was the house of Mrs Dixon who was the mother of Arty Dixon mentioned before by Sputnic and was built in 1940. I wonder were the residents given a choice, A bomb shelter or a statue? HAHA
Perrin's Row ran down Eden Road from the bridge, on which one of the cottages still stands, to the school and made way for the houses of O'Donnell Gardens, again in the '30's
Magenta Place is mentioned in the Census and I can only assume that all the cottages in the area were similarly built? I still can remember the ruins of the cottages up past the Astoria and those at the junction of Adelaide Road and Hudson Road and these were known as Carrol's Cottages. The school itself was built in 1909 and catered for girls and the boy's section was added ten years later.
Glasthule R. C. Church was built in 1869 and a tower on the original plans similar to the one still standing in St Michaels in D/L was never started.
Some of this information came directly from the Internet, the Census and from a book called The Streets of Glasthule from which my brother and his wife read extracts to me over the phone in answer to the very many questions the 1911 Census generated.
I hope to obtain a copy of this book soon as it appears to me to be a great read.
That appears to cover all the 'working class areas of Glasthule, the shops in the village itself will I hope be my next article and I will see what information I can get from the street lists posted by Snowhite.
Hope you enjoyed your historical tour of Glasthule, I would have been quicker going out and showing yiz as it has taken me an age to type up. Is it still Saturday by the way?
I also noticed that the 'Noggin and the'Farm did not come into existance until the 1950's and thought to myself:
"Sure that crowd have no history at all" HAHA
May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.